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Vladimir Lukin asks for Pussy Riot verdict to be overturned

6 March 2013 


Source: HRO.org (info)
The Russian Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has petitioned the Moscow City Court, which is due consider an appeal against the verdict handed to the members of the pop group Pussy Riot. The ombudsman has asked for the verdict to be declared unjust and to be overturned,Kommersant reported on 6 March. 

The petition, which the newspaper has a copy of, says that the actions of Pussy Riot in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral only violate the cathedral's internal regulations and cannot be regarded as a serious public order violation. "The verdict does not give any assessment of the extent of the public order disturbance, nor how the actions of the accused impacted on the normal functioning of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral," the Human Rights Ombudsman wrote. Lukin also added in his petition that the prosecution had failed to show that the girls were motivated by religious hatred, reports Lenta.ru

The ombudsman's office confirmed that the petition had been submitted but declined to comment further, reports Kommersant. 

The head of the Agora Human Rights Association Pavel Chikov said that a petition by the ombudsman generally "means there is a good chance the appeal will succeed." Kommersant also reported that the Presidium of the Moscow City Court on 21 February had asked for the criminal case against Pussy Riot in its entirety. Chikov believes this is a sign that significant amendments to the verdict could be made. 

The lawyers for Pussy Riot submitted an appeal to the Presidium of the Moscow City Court, asking for the verdict against the members of the pop group to be overturned, since the court did not take into account the non-violent nature of the actions of the members of the pop group or the fact that there was no material damage, nor the fact that they let through several procedural errors. 

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for performing their "punk prayer" in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral. On 17 August 2012 they were each sentenced to two years in a penal colony by the Moscow Khamovnichesky District Court, though the Moscow City Court later changed Samutsevich's sentence to a suspended sentence. 
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